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Fireworks damage in Maple Leaf?

July 5th, 2016 by Mike

On the morning after, James emails:

My car was parked on the west-side of Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast near my home. I saw this morning that there were two impacts on the top of my windshield. One was above the windshield on the car itself causing some dents, and another on the windshield itself which hit the glass with force.

The windshield is damaged beyond repair since a portion is crushed and cracked on the drivers passenger side. I collected a bit of dust from the car dent, and it looks like firework powder (could also be finely crushed rock).

After work today I will make a non-emergency report with the SPD, and I should be insured, however I feel pretty jilted at the thought of people being careless with fireworks. Someone suggested it was probably someone tossing it out of their car, which is also a possibility.

Has anyone else reported similar incidents from the 4th?

We haven’t heard of any, although if readers have you can leave comments on our Facebook page.

Our last report on neighborhood car prowls is here.

The Seattle Times has a report on fireworks injuries here.

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This morning at Maple Leaf park

July 5th, 2015 by Mike

Debris field.

Also, more graffiti. (To report, 206-684-7250.)

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Let’s not burn down the neighborhood this weekend

July 3rd, 2015 by Mike

Update 3:15 p.m. Not good news. National Weather Service Seattle just extended the heat advisory through midnight Sunday.

Update 2:45 p.m.

#Q13FOX News  15m minutes ago

DEVELOPING: Around 10 brush fires burning on Whidbey Island; evacuations underway

“Will we cool down soon? Probably not,” says Cliff Mass.

Is it safe to build a July 4th campfire? Probably not.

Will we incinerate Maple Leaf Reservoir Park with fireworks? Let’s not.

Seattle police and firefighters really, really would like it if we don’t.

“911 call centers are typically inundated on the 4th with reports of fireworks-related injuries and house fires. Because of that influx of calls, please only use 911 to report life-threatening emergencies. We are also unable to respond to fireworks complaints (or any other crime reports, for that matter) sent via Twitter,” police say.

During this tinder-dry summer, Washington’s governor would really, really like to just ban fireworks statewide, but says he can’t.

(There’s a online petition asking for that ban; as of this morning it had 931 signatures.)

Oh, and fireworks ARE illegal here.

“The possession, manufacture, storage, sale and use of fireworks (meaning everything but pop-it caps) is prohibited in Seattle, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.”

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On the morning of July 5, a brush fire at the park

July 5th, 2014 by Mike

At 8:22 a.m. firefighters from Engine 16 were dispatched to a brush fire at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

The fire was on the park’s southeast side, roughly at Northeast 82nd Street and 14th Avenue Northeast. The smoke could be seen from anywhere in the park.

There was plenty of debris left from Friday night’s unofficial July 4th fireworks at the park, but the cause of the fire hadn’t been determined.

One firefighter said he did not find fireworks in the ashes, but speculated a cigarette butt might have started the smoldering blaze, which covered several feet yards.

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Fireworks viewing July 4 at Reservoir Park?

June 29th, 2014 by Mike

Deb emails:

Some friends and I thought about trying to watch fireworks around the city from the Reservoir Park.

Since it’s the highest point in Seattle we thought perhaps we could see something, but I wanted to check with Maple Leaf Life if anything more is known about this. Is any activity planned at the park, and do you think it’s possible to see Seattle (and Bellevue?) fireworks from there?

We know it may not be the best view in the city but it would be convenient to see at least something!

In past years people have often gathered on the southeast side of the old (lower) park to watch the Seattle fireworks. We don’t recall being able to see across the lake to Eastside fireworks.

The view should be spectacularly better from the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

We haven’t yet heard about any organized viewing parties. But the forecast for July 4 is great: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70 and an overnight low of 53 degrees.

Incidentally, we are a high hill – but not the highest

Maple Leaf tops out at 466 feet above sea level on Roosevelt Way Northeast next to the Blue Saucer.

PS: The view from the park is good – but the video above was taken from a houseboat dock on the east side of Lake Union.

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Happy New Year – Welcome to 2014!

January 1st, 2014 by Mike

Plus, we’ve added a new bird to the Birds of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park – a Western Gull.

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Fireworks show will go on after all

April 2nd, 2010 by master

Wow, that was fast.

Yesterday, KIRO’s Dave Ross set a goal to raise $500,000 to save the Family 4th fireworks show over Lake Union, which had been canceled because of a lack of a sponsor.

Less than 24 hours later, area businesses and individuals proved the power of a community by pledging the $500,000 needed to keep the show alive, according to MyNorthwest:

Call it a grass roots effort or just a whirlwind fury of fundraising, local businesses have stepped up to match funds raised by a drive kicked off by 97.3 KIRO FM’s Dave Ross and Seattle chef Tom Douglas to save Seattle’s 4th of July fireworks show.

We’re pleased to announce, with your help we have reached the goal of raising $500,000 in pledges. According to One Reel, the nonprofit that organizes the show, that is the amount needed to keep the show going.

Looks like the tradition of avoiding the crowds by watching the fireworks from Maple Leaf Park will be able to continue.

(Full disclosure: Next Door Media, which powers Maple Leaf Life, has donated to this fund.)

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Fireworks over Lake Union canceled on the Fourth

April 1st, 2010 by master

So much for our primo view from Maple Leaf Park of the Fourth of July fireworks show at Gasworks Park.

One Reel, the nonprofit that produces the event every year, announced on the Chase Family4th Web site that the annual show over Lake Union has been canceled after it was unable to secure a corporate sponsor.

Remember, last year Ivar’s pulled the plug on its Elliott Bay fireworks show on the Fourth, which means Seattle will now be without an Independence Day celebration that lights up the night.

UPDATE: MyNorthwest reports that Tom Douglas has pledged $5,000 to keep the fireworks show alive while on the “Dave Ross Show” on KIRO-FM/93.7. Ross also pledged $1,000, and is seeking additional donations from community businesses in $1,000 increments. So far, Taco Time also has donated $5,000. The goal is to gather $500,000 to save the Family 4th.

If you’d like to contribute to the pot, contact Ross at 888-973-5476 or, and tell him the name of your business, a phone number where you can be reached, and the amount of your bid in $1,000 increments.

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